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Paul Elwood, Composer
France
Composer/musician
Interests: Music composition, creativity, jazz, performing, classical music, rock, literature, art, new music
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Gordon Parks, the great American photographer/filmmaker found his calling in 1947 as a conductor on a train; not as a conductor but as a photographer. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
Sometimes the projects pay off in a variety of ways and sometimes they land on the shelf only to stay there. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
One can't plan a hit, really. Serendipity, timing, luck, and airplay, etc. are all factors in creating something that will catch on. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
I've discovered in my own songwriting that it doesn't do to worry the lyrics too much or to put a lot of thought into them—at first. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
Music doesn't need to be heavily produced to speak volumes. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
I'm almost never, if ever, burned out on music, but I can be ready to finish some creations. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
Patience is a necessary part of letting a project unfold in its own time. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
Creative works don't come from nothing, although they may seem to if I'm drawing a creative blank. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
. . .some days your best effort isn't what you know could be your best . . . but in the moment it is your best because you are trying. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
One can begin anywhere. Composer John Cage has suggested that, if one is stuck on where to begin a project to begin anywhere. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
Once a habit of sitting down to your work is established each day, then the work isn't really a matter of endurance but of consistency of practice. When a creative practice becomes a habit, i.e., a decision that you don't have to make each day as to whether to do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
Music is about music is about music. But I think it helps creative directions if one has a narrative to follow or express. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
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Organize or not your creative workspace. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2022 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
In Paulo Coelho's novel, The Alchemist, the Alchemist is in the desert with this protege. He picks up a conch shell and remarks that the desert had once been the bottom of a vast sea. He tells the student to hold the shell up to his ear and to describe... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
If I start with 30 minutes or an hour a day for a while, concentration and focus begin to increase over time. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
Creative time and space is something that needs to be built into your life. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
Finding sources for stimulating the creative process are not difficult. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2021 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
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This is all to say that having a story to tell or express can help to motivate your muse and push the pencil to your goal. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
An intelligible expression is one that, of course, makes sense. In music that sense can be defined by repetitions of a melodic or rhythmic idea. . . . Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
If perception is any indication, we determine ourselves, our perceptions of ourselves, our work and our success. We need to maintain a healthy perspective on our limitations and our subsequent strengths. One of my early weaknesses as a composer (perhaps still one) was a development of formal structure in my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
The structure of our lives, our work, our love, is the structure that the world has given us. We sleep best over an 8-hour period corresponding to a median night’s length; over millions of years we’ve evolved to fit this diurnal cycle. We work in the day, play in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
Our ability to create will be contingent in some measure on how we spend our time. How we spend our time determines our thoughts and the direction of our lives on a daily basis. If I spend my time thinking about my job and conflicts on the job, then that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
We play the game, but fate controls the cards. -Algiers, 1938 with Hedy Lamarr and Charles Boyer If only. We actually control the cards - the ones we’re given, which I guess could be argued is dependent on an act of fate. What we can do with what is given... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
sun breaks over the eucalyptus grove below the wet pasture, water’s about hot, I sit in the open window & roll a smoke. Gary Snyder from “Marin-An,” “The Back Country, New Directions, 1968 It’s not too good to be over analytical about your own creativity. The only analysis necessary is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood
Lately I’ve been especially conscious of my own mortality. At 60 friends start to pass away. No matter the physical shape a person may seem to be in, a heart may just have 43, 54, 64, or 75 years in it. Period. It’s best to use our time as fearlessly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Soundchoices: Paul Elwood